Solarcentury to build 16 MW UK solar farm on Broadlands Estate

Solarcentury has confirmed that it is to begin the construction of a 16 MW solar farm in December at the Broadlands Estate in the English county of Hampshire.

The solar farm will cover a site larger than 80 soccer fields and will provide enough clean energy to meet the power needs of 4,400 local households once completed.

Further details are sketchy at this point, but Solarcentury did confirm to pv magazine that the developer will commence construction under its usual commitment to biodiversity and environmental awareness, meaning the installation will be sowed with wildflowers, hedgerows will be installed around the perimeter and bird and bat boxes will feature across the site.

Solarcentury secured planning permission for the site – which was famously where Queen Elizabeth II honeymooned in 1947 following her wedding to Prince Phillip – in September.

The Broadlands installation will require an estimated 57,000 solar panels. Solarcentury confirmed that the type of panels and inverters to be used onsite is yet to be decided.